Mexico Natie has been at the heart of Antwerp’s cargo handling and storage business for over 140 years. Since 2010, the company has used Konecranes lift trucks to handle and store an ever-growing amount of cargo every year. Mexico Natie recently confirmed an order of another eight lift trucks, due for delivery in April 2017. This will bring their fleet of Konecranes lift trucks to twenty machines.
The new machines will increase Mexico Natie’s handling capacity at three different terminals in the Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second-largest seaport: Port 740, 5th harbour dock, and Blue Star terminal.
The machines will handle all kinds of cargo, from containers to steel coils, crates and various other break bulk goods, including stuffing and stripping in and out of containers.
Mexico Natie’s lift truck order includes both long and short wheel-based lift truck models. Machines with a short wheelbase are ideal for tight spaces such as warehouses and narrow quays, as they have exceptional manoeuvrability. Marc Ivens, CEO of Mexico Natie, explains, “We have 160 000 m2 in warehousing space and rely on Konecranes short wheelbase lift trucks to handle cargo quickly, safely and efficiently. We remain impressed with the machines’ powerful design and performance - in our opinion Konecranes lift trucks are the very best machines on the market.”
The order for two reach stackers and six forklifts, also includes a SMV 17-1200 C which is a 17 ton capacity forklift with Konecranes’s state-of-the-art box type chassis, a special heavy-duty lift mast and a reinforced carriage. Konecranes will customize all the new lift trucks with multiple extra LED lights to enable safer night-time operations. All forklifts also come with a customized quick-release system, allowing Mexico Natie to use its existing attachments and change between them easily.
Heavy Handling is the Konecranes distributor in Belgium, and they have continued to impress Mexico Natie with their dedicated after-market service. Pieter Sanczuk, responsible for Konecranes sales at Heavy Handling concludes, “We have a strong and long-lasting relationship with Mexico Natie, built around our service and after sales reliability. We appreciate the trust they have put in us, and look forward to making another significant lift truck delivery in Belgium.”